Postdoc position in Enzyme Engineering and Biocatalysis

Postdoc position in Enzyme Engineering and Biocatalysis

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

A post-doctoral position within the field of Enzyme Engineering and Biocatalysis is available at the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University (, Denmark, starting from April 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This position is for one year with a primary contract.

Description of the project:
Enzymatic Synthesis and Characterization of Designer Lipids
Enzymes offer opportunities for sustainable and eco-friendly production of biobased materials from renewable sources. This project aims to develop engineered enzymes and production technologies for conversion of microalgae fatty acids into various high added value hydroxy fatty acids (HFAs) via hydratase mediated biotransformation. HFAs are in high demand in the industry for various applications and they exhibit useful biological activities.

The key tasks in this project will be:
  1. Application of targeted and random protein engineering approaches to optimize fatty acid hydratases for diverse substrate promiscuity/regioselectivity as well as enhanced activity/stability;
  2. Screening activity of various fatty acid substrates with hydratase variants to determine substrate specificity and regioselectivity
  3. Preparative scale production, purification and chemical characterization of hydroxy fatty acid products.

Qualifications of the candidate
Required Education and Skills:
  • Completed PhD in the field of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology or relevant
  • Practical experience in molecular biology techniques, especially those related to protein engineering
  • Strong background in enzymology (protein expression and purification, enzyme characterization, assay design and analysis) and the application of enzymes in biocatalysis.
  • Expertise in chemical analysis using techniques including NMR, GC-MS and HPLC
  • Self-motivated, pro-active, team- and goal-oriented personality
  • Full command of the English language

Workplace and employment area
The workplace is Gustav Wieds Vej 10A, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with associated institutions.
For further information please contact Associate Professor Zheng Guo, email:, or phone: +45 87155528.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at

Application Deadline:
24 March 2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Aarhus University-aarhus_university-52553